By Parasuram dasa
In 1902 Srila Prabhupada personally organized the first Iskcon Rathayatra Festival, in Calcutta, he was eight years old.
“Like the festival at Puri, Abhay’s Ratha-yatra ran for eight consecutive days. His family members gathered, and the neighborhood children joined in a procession, pulling the cart, playing drums and hand cymbals, and chanting. Wearing a *dhoti* and no shirt in the heat of summer, Abhay led the children in chanting Hare Krsna and in singing the appropriate Bengali bhajana, Ki kara rai kamalini.
“What are you doing, Srimati Radharani? Please come out and see. They are stealing Your dearmost treasure- Krsna, the black gem. If the young girl only knew! The young boy Krsna, Treasure of Her heart, Is now forsaking Her.”
We started the first Scandinavian Rathayatra in Stockholm in 1996, as part of Srila Prabhupada’s Centennial celebration. And this year we see how it has expanded over the years attracting more and more devotees to joyfully come to celebrate this glorious event.
Rathayatra is the festival that brings us devotees together, we see our old friends. Lord Jagannath is very very merciful.
And this year Manorama prabhu brought the biggest international gurukuli group ever, about 50 wonderful young talented Vaishnavas,
Enjoy the video, complied by Rukmini Ramana prabhu, and see you next year, get your tent out and live the dream!
RATHA YATRA LECTURE (SAN FRANCISCO 1971)
Jagannatha svami nayana-pathagami bhavatu me.
So if we want to have eternal life, full of knowledge and blissfulness, then we must take to Krsna consciousness. Our, this Krsna consciousness movement is the greatest welfare activities in the human society